Israel — Protests Against Netanyahu Continue

  • Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Jerusalem to protest against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
  • The action partially escalated into clashes, several people were detained.
  • Erdogan announced "Year of Democratic and Economic Reforms

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Jerusalem to protest against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The action partially escalated into clashes, several people were detained. On Saturday evening, December 26, another demonstration was held in Israel against the policies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Several thousand people gathered in front of the head of government’s residence in Jerusalem, and protests took place in other cities. Part of the demonstrations turned into clashes between supporters and opponents of the Prime Minister, as a result of which the police arrested several people.

Benjamin Netanyahu is an Israeli politician serving as Prime Minister of Israel since 2009, and previously from 1996 to 1999. Netanyahu is also the Chairman of the Likud – National Liberal Movement.

The reasons for the protests are allegations of corruption leveled against Netanyahu, as well as Israeli discontent with government measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and related restrictions. These restrictions have had a particularly negative impact on the business of owners of small shops and gourmet establishments.

“The police forces acted against rock-throwing toward them and at passing civilians,” a police statement said. “The officers succeeded in catching three rock throwers ‘red-handed’ and they were taken for questioning.”

On December 23, Israel once again dissolved parliament after the government coalition led by Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz failed to reach an agreement on next year’s state budget.

Due to the dissolution of parliament, elections in Israel will be held for the fourth time in less than two years. The preliminary date for the new elections is March 23rd.

Clashes with Police

In addition, on Saturday in Jerusalem, there were also clashes between right-wing demonstrators and law enforcement officers. Several hundred protesters gathered outside police headquarters in connection with the death of a 16-year-old Jewish settler.

The teenager died in an accident while trying to hide from the police after he threw stones at Palestinians, writes The Times of Israel. During the clashes, 11 police officers were injured and 11 demonstrators were detained.

Erdogan Announced “Year of Democratic and Economic Reforms”

The Turkish President said that the implementation of structural reforms should help the republic out of the crisis. Earlier, the Central Bank of Turkey raised the key rate to 17 percent. 2021 should be Turkey’s “Year of Democratic and Economic Reforms”, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Saturday, December 26. According to Erdogan, carrying out structural reforms should help the republic get out of the economic crisis.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is a Turkish politician serving as the current President of Turkey. He previously served as Prime Minister of Turkey from 2003 to 2014 and as Mayor of Istanbul from 1994 to 1998.

At the same time, he noted that this will help to destroy the “triangle of evil”. With this expression, Erdogan describes, in his opinion, the harmful relationship between interest, inflation and the exchange rate. The Turkish President intends to submit the planned reforms to parliament for discussion “as quickly as possible.”

“We hope to overcome troubles from economic attacks and the pandemic measures as soon as possible. By speeding up structural reforms, we are determined to form a system based on production and employment and breaking the interest rates, inflation and exchange rates triangle of evil,” Erdogan said.

“We are not carrying out democratic reforms because anyone forced us to, but because our people deserve them,” he added.

Central Bank of  Turkey Raised Its Key Rate Again

The Turkish economy is suffering from the depreciation of the lira and the high rate of price growth. As part of the fight against this, the Central Bank of Turkey raised its key rate again, which is now 17 percent. Erdogan explains the country’s economic problems as the result of “targeted foreign attacks” on the national economy.

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